_THE SLIABH LUACHRA SET_


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7. The Sliabh Luachra Set  
        (as recorded in 1993 by Paul D. McGuigan)
        [all figures, but figure 5, fit music: vol. 1 
         (figure 5 has 24 extra bars of music, but the dance figure is right)]
     -often called "The Polka Set"
     -outside Kerry, often called "The Knocknagree Set"
      (danced in Knocknagree, Co. Cork) This is a Cork set.
    
 

1st Figure "Ladies Chain"
2nd Figure "Show the Lady"
3rd Figure "In, Out, and Roundabout"
4th Figure "Around the House & Mind the Dresser"
5th Figure "Opposites House, Slide & Change"
6th Figure "Body, House, Change Partners" 




1st Figure "Ladies Chain"  {Polka - 152 bars}
    (The Sliabh Luachra Set) [fits music: vol. 1] 
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A BODY             All four couples dance together one bar into the centre and one 
                   bar back to their own places.  

                   They then dance two bars around to the location of the couple 
                   to their right, turning clockwise as they go.

                   The four couples repeat this movement three more times until 
                   they end up back in their original starting locations.
   {16 bars}

B FIGURE       (a) LADIES CHAIN:  TOP LADIES dance to centre, chain with right 
                                  hands and pass each other, give left hands to 
                                  opposite gents and dance around them, the 
                                  gents turning with the ladies, dance to the
                                  centre again, chain with right hands and pass 
                                  each other to return to their partners.
   {8 bars} 

               (b) SWING:  TOP COUPLES swing in place in waltz hold.
   {8 bars}

C BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

D FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat B.
   {16 bars}

E BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

F FIGURE           TOP COUPLES repeat B.
   {16 bars}

G BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

H FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat B.
   {16 bars}

I BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

J HOUSE            All four couples dance house around.
   {8 bars}




2nd Figure "Show the Lady"  {Polka - 152 bars}
    (The Sliabh Luachra Set)  [fits music: vol. 1] 
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A BODY             All four couples dance the Body as in figure 1.
   {16 bars}

B FIGURE       (a) SHOW:  1ST TOPS dance around the house inside.
   {8 bars}

               (b) SLIDE & HOME:  1ST TOPS slide-step into the centre (1 bar) and 
                                  dance on the spot there (1 bar).  Then, 1ST TOPS
                                  slide-step back to their home location (1 bar) 
                                  and dance on the spot there (1 bar).  Now, 
                                  1ST TOPS dance around at home, once around 
                                  (4 bars).
   {8 bars}

C BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

D FIGURE           1ST SIDES repeat B.
   {16 bars}

E BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

F FIGURE           2ND TOPS repeat B.
   {16 bars}

G BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

H FIGURE           2ND SIDES repeat B.
   {16 bars}

I BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

J HOUSE            All four couples dance house around.
   {8 bars}




3rd Figure "In, Out, and Roundabout" {Jig - 152 bars}
    (The Sliabh Luachra Set)  [fits music: vol. 1] 
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A BODY             All four couples dance the Body as in figure 1.
   {16 bars}

B FIGURE       (a) SLIDE:  TOP COUPLES slide-step toward each other into the 
                           centre of the set (1 bar) and dance on the spot 
                           there (1 bar).  Then, TOP COUPLES slide-step back 
                           to their home location (1 bar) and dance on the 
                           spot there (1 bar).
   {4 bars}

               (b) CHANGE:  TOP COUPLES dance half-way around the house to each 
                            other's home location.
   {4 bars}

               (c) SLIDE:  TOP COUPLES repeat (a).
   {4 bars}

               (d) CHANGE:  TOP COUPLES repeat (b) to bring to bring them back to 
                            their original home locations.
   {4 bars}

C BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

D FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat B.
   {16 bars}

E BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

F FIGURE           TOP COUPLES repeat B.
   {16 bars}

G BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

H FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES repeat B.
   {16 bars}

I BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

J HOUSE            All four couples dance house around.
   {8 bars}




4th Figure "Around the House & Mind the Dresser"
 {Polka - 80 bars} (The Sliabh Luachra Set) [fits music: vol. 1] 
-Opening position:  Lead Around Position:  All four couples hold hands in front, 
                    (right in right, left in left, and right over left), and face 
                    anti-clockwise around the circle, each gent on the inside 
                    with his left shoulder toward the centre of the set.

A LEAD AROUND      All four couples dance anti-clockwise around until back 
                   in their original places.
   {8 bars}

B FIGURE       (a) TURN THE LADY:  All the gents take their partners' right hands 
                                   and turn their partners under the gents' right 
                                   arms four times, while dancing in place 
                                   themselves.  The ladies turn in a clockwise
                                   direction.
   {8 bars}

               (b) LADIES RIGHT HANDS IN:  The four ladies join right hands in 
                                           the centre, hands held up, and wheel 
                                           clockwise half-way around to the 
                                           opposite gent.

                                           Each lady links left elbows with the 
                                           opposite gent's left elbow and dances 
                                           around him twice, the gents turning 
                                           with the ladies.

                 			   The four ladies then join right hands 
                                           in the centre again and wheel clockwise 
                                           around back to their own partners.
   {8 bars}

C SWING            All four couples swing in place in waltz hold.
   {8 bars}

D LEAD AROUND      All four couples repeat A.
   {8 bars}

E FIGURE           Repeat B.
   {16 bars}

F SWING            All four couples swing in place in waltz hold.     {8 bars}           

G LEAD AROUND      All four couples dance anti-clockwis around until back in their 
                   original places.
   {8 bars}
 
H FIGURE       (a) TURN THE LADY:  All the gents take their partners' right hands 
                                   and turn their partners under the gents' right 
                                   arms four times, while dancing in place 
                                   themselves.  The ladies turn in a clockwise 
                                   direction.
   {8 bars}




5th Figure "Opposites House, Slide & Change"
     {Slide - 224 bars} (The Sliabh Luachra Set)
     [does not fit music: vol. 1 has 24 extra bars, but figure right] 
-Opening position:  Couples about to dance adopt the standard position.  
                    TOP COUPLES dance the figure first while SIDE COUPLES 
                    leave the floor.  When the TOPS finish they leave the 
                    floor and SIDES take up position.  SIDES are followed 
                    in the same way by TOPS again, and then finally SIDES 
                    again to finish.  No more than 8 bars should be 
                    allowed to go by while the couples take up position.

A FIGURE       (a) HOUSE: TOP COUPLES dance house around.
   {8 bars}

               (b) SLIDE & CHANGE:  TOP COUPLES slide-step into the centre 
                                    (2 bars), and then slide-step back to 
                                    their own home locations (2 bars). 

                                    They then dance half-way around the house 
                                    to each other's home location (4 bars).
 
                                    This whole movement is then repeated to 
                                    bring them back to their own home 
                                    locations.
   {16 bars}

               (c) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES dance house around.
   {8 bars}

               (d) SLIDE & CHANGE:  TOP COUPLES repeat (b).
   {16 bars}

               (e) HOUSE:  TOP COUPLES dance house around.
   {8 bars}
     
B FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES take the floor and repeat A.
   {56 bars}

C FIGURE           TOP COUPLES take the floor and repeat A.
   {56 bars}

D FIGURE           SIDE COUPLES take the floor and repeat A.
   {56 bars}

 


6th Figure "Body, House, Change Partners" {Hornpipe - 152 bars}       
      (The Sliabh Luachra Set)    [fits music: vol. 1] 
-Opening position:  Couples adopt the standard position.

A BODY             All four couples dance the Body as in figure 1.
   {16 bars}

B HOUSE            All four couples dance house around.
   {8 bars}

C GRAND CIRCLE     With hands held in a circle, all dancers advance and retire, 
                   twice.  On the second retire, each gent lets go with his 
                   right hand and gently pulls the woman to his left into the 
                   waltz hold in his location.
   {8 bars}

D BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

E HOUSE            All four couples dance house around.
   {8 bars}

F GRAND CIRCLE     Repeat C.
   {8 bars}

G BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

H HOUSE            All four couples dance house around.
   {8 bars}

I GRAND CIRCLE     Repeat C.
   {8 bars}

J BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

K HOUSE            All four couples dance house around.
   {8 bars}

L GRAND CIRCLE     Repeat C to bring the ladies back to their original 
                            partners again.
   {8 bars}

M BODY             All four couples dance the Body.
   {16 bars}

N HOUSE            All four couples dance house around.
   {8 bars}

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